When I think of Dural I think of money - cause you need bucket loads of it to live there. And it seems dear parents you need bucket loads of it to eat there as well. As you drive into this posh north west suburb of Sydney, you are transfixed by all the amazing mansions that you can see - and that is just those that are visible from the road. There are so many hedged and gated driveways that you just know are screening some superb domicile and equally superb garden (plus a helipad), and that you need to win the lotto to even consider moving there.
As a result of all of those posh gardens, Dural also has loads of landscape centres - because all of those superbly posh gardens need maintaining. Quite a few of these centres also house cafes and Wild Pear Cafe is one such cafe in the grounds of a superbly expensive pot shop.
We arrived bright and early (as you do with children who wake at 5.30am) and were the first customers in the door at 8.00am. We were promptly greeted, seated and coffee orders were taken and served - heaven. Then I saw Mr Itch's face. He was looking at the menu. He was turning a wee bit red. Then I knew I was in trouble. See Mr Itch pays the bills on our little excursions into the wild blue yonder to find y'all the perfect child friendly cafe. So I took a deep breath and had a study of the menu myself. OUCH! Most items on the menu were north of 20 bucks. And the kid's menu - well they were all north of 10 bucks.
So after much discussion - it was kinda heated, but not really - (Mr Itch wanted to know if I had done much research on this place cause he didn't believe that the average Australian family could afford to eat here - and obviously I hadn't done enough research as I totally agree they couldn't) we ordered our expensive meals and drank our coffees and sat mesmerised as family after family filed into the cafe for Saturday morning breakfast. Maybe these families weren't your average Aussie family - cause each kid seemed to have an IPad - as did their parents and they were all superbly turned out.
The Wild Pear Cafe can seat many families - they have seating both inside and out. There is plenty of room for posh prams and also high chairs for little posh bums to sit in.
Now I do have to say that even though the meals were expensive - the serving sizes were huge and they were delicious. I ordered bacon and eggs for $16.90 - and it was the best I have ever eaten and Mr Itch's big breakfast for $21.90 probably could have fed two people.
The little bulls were very happy with their milk shake ($3.50) and babycino with marshmallow (which was surprisingly cheap at a buck) and I ordered them a turkish raisin toast off the main menu for $7.90 - which neither of them ate as they were too busy trying to watch all of the other kid's Ipads - at least they were entertained as there aren't any other kid's activities in the Wild Pear Cafe.
I have to say I really enjoyed my experience at the Wild Pear Cafe - the service was superb and the food was superb. The interior is decorated with lovely art works of pears and if you sat outside on the verandah you have lovely semi rural views and if you by chance had your binoculars on you, you may have been able to spot a superb little shack or two. But clearly for the average Aussie family who wants to dine out for breakfast it is probably wise that you only go to the Wild Pear Cafe as a special treat (hint Mother's Day). You won't be disappointed but your wallet certainly will!
When we left the Wild Pear Cafe we found that our trusty Hyundai was now surrounded by a herd of superbly expensive European cars (all of which would most definitely attract Ms Gillard's luxury car tax) and I realised for sure that all of those Ipad families inside were most definitely not your average Aussie family x
|Child Friendly Cafe Score|
Kid's menu - yes
Kid's play things - no (byo Ipad)
Kid friendly staff - yes
Pram friendly - yes
High chairs - yes
Baby change table - no
Toilets - yes
Parking - yes
658 Old Northern Rd Dural NSW 2158
02 9651 6600